What we do

The Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS) in the East of England are fully committed to improving performance and achieving better outcomes for individuals. This website has been developed to improve communication about how we are responding to key challenges for local government in the East.

The eleven Directors across the region and key partners have signed up to a Memorandum of Understanding which sets out the following key principles:

  • Councils are responsibility for their own performance and improvement and for leading the delivery of improved outcomes for local people in their area
  • Councils are primarily accountable to local communities (not to government or inspectorates) and stronger accountability through increased transparency helps local people drive further improvement
  • Councils have a collective responsibility for the performance of the sector as a whole

The eleven local authorities are: Bedford Borough Council, Cambridgeshire County Council, Central Bedfordshire Council, Essex County Council, Hertfordshire County Council, Luton Borough Council, Norfolk County Council, Peterborough City Council, Southend Borough Council, Suffolk County Council and Thurrock Borough Council.

Since 2011, Local Authorities are no longer inspected by the Care Quality Commission but are accountable to a programme of Sector Led Improvement (SLI). We individually and collectively believe that it is our responsibility to ensure that the information and support we provide and our collective ambition will improve people's experiences. We believe that Sector Led Improvement sits at the very heart of our aspirations to share best practice and support the whole Health and Social Care system to meet people's needs in the most effective and positive way. Our Regional Improvement Programme has aligned to the Health and Social Care Integration and Care Act Implementation work within the region and as such, there is now one improvement delivery structure in place. This strengthens our Sector Led Improvement approach, incorporating peer support and challenge, encouraging collaborative working within the region, where this adds value, and providing greater evidence-based challenge through our specialist regional networks.

This website gives us the opportunity to seek the views of people working in or using services across the region and we hope, as it develops, to provide information, events publicity and discussion forums. Please keep visiting our website as we continue to add more items of interest. Thank you, the Regional ADASS Improvement Team